Bringing watershed science to the people of Illinois


We fund research throughout the state. Take a look at some of our recent projects.

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Tropical Storm Precipitation

Tropical storms temporarily increase stream flow by an average of 866 percent, with larger surges in wet years.


Woody Perennial Polyculture

The country’s first savanna-based agriculture system captured 5-10 times more nitrate than corn and soybean in its second year.

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Litter in Urban Streams

An estimated 21-78 metric tons of human debris is present in five Chicago-area watersheds at any time.


Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Seminar Series

Please join us on Friday, November 2, as the Illinois Water Resources Center, University of Illinois Extension hosts its first Seminar Series. The event is free, open to the public, and includes University of Illinois researchers as well as guests from around the world speaking on everything from ground temperature recovery times after heating tests in unsaturated Brazilian soils to how energy resilience enables U.S. military readiness. Discussions begin at 1pm in the Monsanto Studio of the ACES Library.

Refreshments provided.

Nutrient Loss Reduction

Nutrient Loss Reduction

We work with agencies, communities, industry partners, and researchers to implement the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and track phosphorus and nitrogen reductions.

Professional Engagement

Professional Engagement

Our memberships in national water-related organizations give Illinois researchers and students access to a wide array of workshops, conferences, fellowships, and grant programs.

Water Operator

Water Operator

Through a collaboration with state, regional, and federal partners, we oversee a web portal with free technical and training resources tailored to small community water and wastewater operators.

The Private Well Class

The Private Well Class

We partner with state, regional, and federal organizations to offer a web-based curriculum for well owners, realtors, and others interested in well care best practices.



We co-produce an interview series that takes readers behind the scenes of the latest research on emerging contaminants.


A reminder, ILMA has scholarships available for students attending an Illinois College/University or any Illinois resident attending college or university in Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, or Wisconsin. This is a great opportunity! Spread the word. Applications are due December 31,2018. To find out more information and to apply visit:

Annual Conference

The Illinois Lake Management Association is hosting its 34th Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Conference Center in Crystal Lake, IL from March 14-16th, 2019. Please see the attached document for the call for presenters. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should be submitted online at Abstracts are due December 31, 2018.

Before The Flood

The Impacts of Climate Change – A Tour by Leonardo DiCaprio, Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Screening takes place at The Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., Champaign, and is sponsored by The Land Conservation Foundation, The Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy, and The Illinois Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program.